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Martina Bačová

Martina Bačová began playing the violin when she was five years old. She subsequently studied with several teachers, eventually joining the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava. She then studied with Prof. Ivan Ženatý at the Prague Conservatoire and after successfully passing entrance examinations in Dresden spent two years at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik there. She studied with Prof. Zdeněk Gola at the Faculty of Arts at Ostrava University and is now furthering her studies with Ivan Ženatý in his master classes, again in Dresden.

In her early years she successfully took part in a number competitions, e.g. the International Kocian Violin Competition at Ústí nad Orlicí (first prize) and the Prague Junior Note Young Talent Competition (absolute winner). In 1999 she won the jury prize at the Meissen Master Courses and in 2002 the first prize plus a prize for the best performance of a work by Beethoven at the Beethoven’s Hradec International Violin Competition.

A recording resulted in her being awarded an ENCORE School for Strings scholarship in Cleveland where she appeared in concerts, one of her appearances being chosen for a WCLV live broadcast in 2005.

She often gives concerts with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice, and also with chamber orchestras, such as the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Janáček, the Talich Chamber Orchestra and others.

The singer Štefan Margita has chosen her for his 2009 world music project JA RA LAJ. The 2009 Prague Spring Festival will include her own recital. Martina Bačová makes frequent appearances in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, France and Spain. During the 2009/2010 season among others she is going to perform with Moravien Philharmonic Olomouc, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and she is also preparing a new CD with works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.